Kyirisan chef Tim Ma’s name of his new first-floor restaurant, American Son, was revealed during an invite-only film screening and pre-opening party at its future rooftop bar and events space on Wednesday, August 8.
Attendees also got to sample some of the menu items Ma may have in store at his second Asian-inspired D.C.
Well-received offerings included Impossible Chili vegan “snacklings” with cilantro; pork belly bao with hoisin; and fried chicken with Thai basil and spicy togarashi — none of which stayed put long on passed plates.
A first look inside its modern rooftop space this week reveals a jungle of potted palms and succulents, soaring exposed ceilings, colorful mosaic art partially imported from Italy, and a spacious outdoor wooden patio with views overlooking K Street NW.
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The matte black Eaton structure at 12th and K streets NW commands its block’s corner, welcoming guests via cursive neon “Eaton” signage flanked by a sea of white light bulbs.
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When Eaton starts to debut later this month it’ll be without Derek Brown, who announced his initial involvement in the project last fall. A partner on the Eaton project tells Eater he recently pulled out of helming the hotel’s lobby-level drinking den, expected to be accessed James Bond-style through a library.
His latest Drink Company venture, Shaw’s pop-up bar Wubba Lubba Dub Pub, just delayed its opening by a week to Thursday, August 16 to fine tune some details. Eater reached out to Brown for comment on his departure.
It’s unclear who will replace him at Eaton, but Eater has learned a group of seasoned bartenders recently left D.C.
speakeasy Gibson to help with the hotel’s beverage program. Sheldon Scott, director of the management group behind Marvin and the Gibson, was brought in last year to handle events and programming at the hotel.
On Wednesday some team members from experimental cocktail club 1 Ounce or 2 were slinging drinks at Eaton. Names included The Need to Know (gin, sake, cucumber, lime, sparkling water) and the Fashion Week (Campari, vermouth, strawberry, and sparkling water), which could potentially pop up on the menu at American Son.
In addition to the TBA bar, rooftop music venue, and American Son, the Eaton property will also house an urban farm, radio station, juice bar, coffee shop, and wellness center with yoga, meditation, and holistic programs. A 20,000-square-foot co-working club with room for about 300 members, dubbed Eaton House, which will be added later on, as well as a cinema.
The multi-use complex comes from humanitarian Katherine Lo, whose father runs luxury hotel operation the Langham Hospitality Group. The Yale grad calls her growing global brand — dubbed Eaton Workshop — “a platform for social change and talent in the neighborhood,” aiming to unite artists and activists under one roof.
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Eaton CEO Katherine Lo speaking to an invite-only crowd on Wednesday, August 8. Pre-opening festivities included DJs, live performances, and exclusive scenes from the upcoming musical documentary Dark City by Baltimore musician and filmmaker TT the Artist.
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Eaton’s dream hospitality team also includes former members of Sydell Group (behind the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan) as well as personnel from NeueHouse, an artsy entrepreneurial playground in LA and NYC.
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